Reading for the Joy of It with Two Laureates: Cressida Cowell and Jason Reynolds

Join not one, but two Children’s Laureates in an all-star international celebration of books and reading with the always brilliant Cressida Cowell from the UK and the superb Jason Reynolds from the USA! Cressida and Jason chat to Sunday Times children’s book critic Nicolette Jones about their roles as UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate and US […]

Reading the Black Liberation Reading List

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents readings by Rio Cortez, poet, children’s book author, and manager/creative coordinator of The Schomburg Shop, Parneisha Jones, and writer, Director, Northwestern University Press. OlaRonke Akinmowo, Founder, Free Black Women’s Library. Moderated by Novella Ford, Associate Director Public Programs and Exhibitions, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Who? New! 2020

Each season the Brooklyn Book Festival selects a few debut authors whose books we think shouldn’t be missed.  This year’s debut book picks include: The New Wilderness – Diane Cook, Like A Bird – Fariha Róisín, My Mother’s House – Francesca Momplaisir, What’s Left of Me Is Yours – Stephanie Scott, Whiteout Conditions– Tariq Shah, Sharks In the TIme of Saviors-Kawai Strong Washburn. Meet these […]

Forbidden Love

A student’s identity is at odds with his community. A teenage girl develops a relationship with her English teacher. Together, these authors raise questions about how conceptions of race, gender, class, and sexuality can shape ourselves and our relationships. Join debut novelists Kate Elizabeth Russell (My Dark Vanessa) and Brandon Taylor (Real Life) for a […]

World Builders of the Past and Future

World Builders of the Past and Future, Ilube Nommo Award–winning author Tochi Onyebuchi (Riot Baby) and #1 NYT bestselling author Christopher Paolini (To Sleep in a Sea of Stars) team up for a wide-ranging discussion about their newest books, world building in science fiction and fantasy, writing for a YA and an adult audience, and the fun of nerd […]

Colson Whitehead and Arundhati Roy: A Reading

Colson Whitehead and Arundhati Roy, two writers whose work has become powerfully embedded in our imagination over the past few decades, read from their recent work, followed by Q & A.  Whitehead, winner of the 2017 BoBi award, will read from his novel, The Nickel Boys, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Roy, […]

LIVE WEBINAR – In Search of New Lands

From Massachusetts to the Middle East to colonial Jamaica, these books take readers around the world as their characters search for a way to live life on their own terms. Join debut novelists Zaina Arafat (You Exist Too Much) and Maisy Card (These Ghosts Are Family) and award-winning author Lily King (Writers & Lovers) for […]

LIVE WEBINAR -Transcending Grief

Although these authors explore the tragedy of losing family members and friends, they also highlight the triumph of finding new life in the vacuums every loss leaves behind. Join debut novelist Ilana Masad (All My Mother’s Lovers), National Book Award–winning novelist Sigrid Nunez (What Are You Going Through), and National Humanities Medal recipient Joyce Carol […]

Laughing Through Tears

Laughing Through Tears. A woman about to marry someone she doesn’t love. Gay men who can’t stop lying. A struggling writer’s desperate quest for connection. Black women who defy societal expectations to explore their dreams and desires. These characters may sound troubled, but what their authors have in common is a dark sense of humor […]

Imagining Other Americas presented with the New York Review of Books

We are living in an America that was, not very long ago, unimaginable to many of us: a country whose political life, economic prospects, and natural environment all resemble  something out of dystopian (or, in the case of the environment, science-fiction). This panel gathers together a varied group of frequent contributors to The New York […]

Ripples of Violence: Personal and Literary

While the world faces unrest from a multitude of directions, in some countries it’s been part of their very foundation. These authors’ books meditate on dispossession, violence, and language in Palestine; familial ties and political murder in 1970s Congo; and the kidnapping of a Mexican student by unlikely gangsters before his flight abroad to Spain. […]

Love in a Time of Ruins

What happens when the world comes to a standstill, touch is forbidden, and everything we’ve known must be reimagined? Who can we turn to? In what promises to be an entertaining and candid discussion, award-winning author Rochelle Alers (The Seaside Café), USA Today best-selling author Beverly Jenkins (Bring on the Blessings), and Wayne Jordan (Promise […]

Soul of the City

From an imagined New York City that literally comes alive, to an alternate American history that posits a militaristic Empire City, to the reality of police brutality on the streets of Los Angeles, these authors capture the essence of contemporary American urban life, along with its diversity, complexity, and flaws. Join Dayton Literary Peace Prize […]

Tayari Jones and Brit Bennett In Conversation

Join The Vanishing Half author Brit Bennett and An American Marriage author Tayari Jones for a conversation about their timely works of fiction, which offer nuanced insights about race, family, and love in America. Moderated by David Ulin.

Poetry of Fiction

Even in prose, some narratives are best expressed through the rhythms and techniques of poetry. Through precise and artful language, these innovative and observant poets and authors explore the nature of time, the experience of consciousness, and the aftermath of history. Join award-winning poet Carolyn Forché (In the Lateness of the World), Pulitzer Prize–winning poet […]

Icons of American Culture

A handsome baseball star, a Los Angeles talent manager who was in all the wrong places at all the wrong times, and a certain “nasty woman” who won a certain popular vote, reimagined through historical fiction—these characters prove that fame, in any field, has its price. Join celebrated writer and filmmaker Nelson George (The Darkest […]

Coming of Age in Challenging Times

Childhood can seem to exist in a bubble, defined by the rituals of family and home. But outside pressures are never far off. In Romesh Gunesekera’s Suncatcher, a young boy in 1960s Sri Lanka revels in the thrill of the make-believe, while gradually becoming aware of the social and religious forces that threaten to divide […]

Escaping Family

From existential crises and trauma to months spent in quarantine, there are plenty of reasons one may feel the need to escape their family. Award-winning novelist Bernice L. McFadden (Sugar), New York Times best-selling author Emma Straub (All Adults Here), and critically acclaimed author Karolina Waclawiak (Life Events) discuss what happens when characters leave their […]

Multiple Witnesses/Multiple Realities (in Spanish)

Who do we trust to tell a story and who are the true witnesses to a reality impossible to understand from just one angle? Featuring Fernanda Melchor, Marcial Gala, and Nona Fernandez, this panel delves into the work of three vibrant new writers from Latin America whose novels provide polyphonic examinations of collective reckoning. Fernanda […]

Crimes and Misdemeanors

A Texas ranger searches for a missing child and encounters forces of white supremacy. A journalist defies the warnings of police and investigates the murder of a woman with whom he had a one-night stand. And, in a new collection, writers use fiction to explore nicotine and addiction. Don’t miss best-selling author Lee Child (The […]

Outcasts and Outsiders

Children required to be mature beyond their years, adults seeking lives worth writing about, and other fascinating characters populate the exciting novels and stories of these award-winning authors. Join Pulitzer Prize finalist Lydia Millet (A Children’s Bible), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar (The Last Great Road Bum), and best-selling author Lidia Yuknavitch (Verge) […]

I Think We’re Alone Now

An Iranian journalist heads to the front lines of war in Iraq and Syria. A girl and her father are the last two people on Earth. And in a town ravaged by environmental disaster, a cult leader promises to bring rain. Where can these characters find humanity in such dystopian worlds? Join novelist Salar Abdoh […]

Dark Lords of Empire

Corporate greed and extreme inequality loom large in these authors’ most recent books, which investigate the human implications of national politics through the lens of a marginalized immigrant family in one case and inter-class relationships in the other. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies) and National Book Award finalist Emily St. […]

Time-Travelers: From Creation Myths to Future Worlds

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Alexis Wright, two giants of contemporary literature, share creative visions that encompass millennia. For more than a half-century, Kenyan author Ngũgĩ  has been creating a highly-influential body of work ranging from novels, stories, plays, and memoir to radical essays on literary decolonization and language. His latest work, The Perfect Nine, marks […]

Love and Resistance presented with the Center for Fiction

Join three powerhouse Latinx authors, Angie Cruz, Jaquira Díaz and Carolina De Robertis, in conversation on the themes of love and resistance in their work, and on the power of intersectional Latinx literatures to break silence, challenge oppression, and cultivate joy and justice. 

Women on the Verge

These authors’ books may focus on women at different stages and from different walks of life, but they are all united by their common desire to break out of the box patriarchy places them in. Join critically acclaimed novelist Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe), highly anticipated debut novelist Emily Temple (The Lightness), and […]

Brave New Worlds

New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray (The King of Crows), acclaimed author Justin A. Reynolds (Early Departures), and debut novelist Ryan La Sala (Reverie) discuss dreams, death, destiny, and teens making big choices in worlds that blur the lines between reality and fantasy. Moderated by author Patrice Caldwell (A Phoenix First Must Burn).

Maaza Mengiste and Salman Rushdie in Conversation

Salman Rushdie, the author most recently of Quichotte,and Maaza Mengiste, editor of Addis Ababa Noir and author of The Shadow King discuss the influence and inspiration of historical texts and structures on their writing, plus spy literature, noir and the impact of immigrant writers on American  literature. Moderated by Leigh Haber. 

Raise Your Voice

New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu (Skyhunter), Stonewall award winner Brandy Colbert (The Voting Booth), and debut talent Kim Johnson (This Is My America) discuss authoritarianism, voting rights, and the American justice system in an important conversation about power, privilege, and teens getting political. Moderated by Daniel Nayeri (Everything Sad Is Untrue).

DTR (Defining the Relationship)

Whether it’s canvassing for change with a new-friend-turned-love-interest, falling for the competition in a tight race for prom queen, or seeking revenge but somehow finding yourself on a path of self-discovery, relationships are such a hallmark of the teen experience—relationships with others, of course, but also your relationship with yourself. Join bestselling YA authors Becky […]

Drawing Our Stories

What are our stories? As we grow up and figure out our place in the world, we find them — or create them. The pieces that make them up encompass queerness, racism, family history, politics, sexism, activism, and sports in this discussion with Mike Curato (Flamer), Kiku Hughes (Displacement), and Gene Luen Yang (Dragon Hoops). […]

Secrets & Lies

New York Times bestselling authors Karen McManus (One of Us Is Next) and Rory Power (Burn Our Bodies Down) join acclaimed author Camryn Garrett (Full Disclosure) in a riveting conversation about fear, deception, and the lengths characters will go to keep some truths hidden. Moderated by debut author of K-pop Confidential, Stephan Lee.

NBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book Awards

Join four authors honored by the 2019 National Book Awards for a conversation on contemporary literature, recognition, and cross-genre Black storytelling. Featuring Kwame Alexander (The Undefeated, Longlist, Young People’s Literature), Jericho Brown (The Tradition, Finalist, Poetry), Marlon James (Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Finalist, Fiction), and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real […]

The Past is Present

Poets Mark Bibbins (13th Balloon), Eduardo C. Corral (Guillotine), Hafizah Geter (Un-American), and Jonah Mixon-Webster (Stereo (TYPE)) read from their new collections, and discuss how history and legacy serve as a lens in their work, through which to view the present moment. Moderated by Tina Chang, Brooklyn Poet Laureate.

Trouble the Water

Racism, classism, distrust, and surveillance are just a few of the challenges one faces when trying to make earnest connections in lonely and trying times. But these stories just might contain the clues for a better future. Join award-winning novelist Kelli Jo Ford (Crooked Hallelujah), 5 Under 35 honoree Tracy O’Neill (Quotients), and New York […]

A Life in Reading (and Re-reading): Vivian Gornick in conversation with Adrienne Miller

Legendary critic and memoirist Vivian Gornick (Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader) speaks with Adrienne Miller, the first woman to be literary esquire at Esquire (In the Land of Men: A Memoir) about finding your place in the city, in the world, and sometimes in yourself, through reading and writing. Moderated by poet, translator, […]

Spooky Stories!

An eccentric family of witches, malicious spirits wreaking havoc all over town, a road trip full of monsters and mayhem—‘tis the season for spooky stories that will give you, well, goosebumps. Join authors R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), Claribel Ortega (Ghost Squad), and Sophie Escabasse (Witches of Brooklyn) as they chat about all things that go bump […]

Facing Your Fears

New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein (Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket) joins two debut standouts, Jessica Kim (Stand Up, Yumi Chung!) and Janae Marks (From the Desk of Zoe Washington), to discuss how their characters face their fears—whether that be a death-defying scavenger hunt, telling jokes on stage, or finding the truth about […]

A Winning Personality

A boy who believes in fairytales, a young psychic who can speak to the dead, besties about to break up, and three girls who take down a sexist list ranking their classmates by their looks. Author and librarian Betsy Bird leads characters from stories by Zoraida Córdova (The Way to Rio Luna), Gilbert Ford (The […]

Graphix Con

Friendship can be super complicated, really intense, and totally embarrassing—especially when magic sketchbooks, broken hearts, alien adventures, and loads of family drama are involved! Join comics expert Calvin Reid as he celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Graphix imprint with Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (Twins), Maria Scrivan (Nat Enough), Kristen Gudsnuk (Making Friends: Back […]

Failed Promise: Talking About My Generation

There are moments in the lives of countries and generations when the future appears to burn especially bright with hope and youthful promise. But what happens when dreams sour, when pioneering generations lurch into middle-age? Daniel Galera’s Twenty After Midnight follows a circle of literary provocateurs whose webzine revolutionized the internet and shook up Brazilian […]

The New Republic Salon Series with Yaa Gyasi

Join The New Republic for a livestream of its Salon book series featuring Yaa Gyasi, author and Rumaan Alam, TNR contributor as they talk Transcendent Kingdom, Gyasi’s new novel. Yaa Gyasi’s stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama. 

Brooklyn Book Bodega Story Time Walking Tour

Brooklyn Book Bodega Story Time Walking Tour  Stroll with us through Downtown Brooklyn while learning some of the amazing history of the neighborhood through story. We will read about Ida B. Wells and the Duffield Houses on Abolitionist Place. Then learn about our nonprofit organization,  the term “bodega,” and read a final book with us […]

Telling Our Own Stories: Latinx Storytelling Across All Genres

Join Latinx in Publishing’s Zakiya Jamal as she leads a dynamic conversation with five acclaimed writers across all genres to discuss their process, the future, and how, in their writing, they have broken free or reshaped the various Latinx stereotypes portrayed in media. Authors include: Veronica Chambers (Shirley Chisholm is a Verb!), Roy G. Guzman […]

No, YOU Tell It!

“Coming & Going” Fellows from Lambda Literary have teamed up with nonfiction series No, YOU Tell It! for a special evening of queer storytelling with a twist. Four curated storytellers have worked together to develop their true tales inspired by the theme “Coming & Going” on the page. Watch as they swap and present each […]

Book Launch: Sleep Donation by Karen Russell

Karen Russell’s Sleep Donation launch with Carmen Maria Machado. For the first time in paperback, a haunting novella from the uncannily imaginative author of the national bestsellers Swamplandia! and Orange World: the story of a deadly insomnia epidemic and the lengths one woman will go to to fight it.  In conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body […]

Ignite: An Evening with The Offing, PANK, and The Rumpus

Join The Offing, PANK, and The Rumpus for an inspiring evening of readings and conversation! Featuring Jody Chan, Golden, Marlin M. Jenkins, Raven Leilani, Monica Prince, and Erika T. Wurth and co-hosted by Jessica Fischoff, Marisa Siegel, and Mimi Wong. This event is brought to you with thanks to our friends at Books Are Magic, […]

A Literary Salon with Imani Perry

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, will host a literary salon with Dr. Imani Perry, author of six books, including most recently Breathe: A Letter to My Sons and  Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, which received the PEN/Bograd Weld Award for Biography. Perry is Hughes-Rogers […]

LIC Reading Series

LIC Reading Series presents an evening of brief readings and a lively panel discussion with Marie-Helene Bertino (Parakeet), Jennifer Croft (Homesick; translator, Flights), and Maaza Mengiste (The Shadow King). Join us for an awesome time with three amazing women who write novels, stories, essays, memoir, AND translate award-winning literature! We are proud to be based […]

Marilynne Robinson presents “Jack”

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson joins us for the launch of her new novel, Jack, in conversation with Esmé Weijun Wang. All ticket holders will receive a hardcover copy of the book with a signed bookplate that will ship separately.

A Reading Series of New York Taster

Discover your next favorite New York reading series! The Reading Series of New York collective is excited to feature readers from five of New York’s finest reading series. Each curator will introduce a writer who epitomizes the spirit of their series – featuring Rosamond S. King (Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon), Stacie Evans (Big […]

Love vs Internship

In collaboration with AAWW and Kundiman, Kaya Press brings novelist Ed Lin and pioneering YA author Marie Myung-Ok Lee (Finding My Voice) together to celebrate the release of Ed Lin’s YA debut, David Tung Can’t Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College. Moderated by Ruth Minah Buchwald, this event will dig […]

Calling all FanWings — Lunchtime with Tui T. Sutherland

TUI T. SUTHERLAND is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). Join her as she reads from her […]